Sergeant Audie Murphy Club to resume
|The Fort McCoy chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy
Club (SAMC) is being re-established after a five-year absence.
The club is named after Audie Murphy, who served in World War II and
became the war’s most-decorated U.S. Army Soldier. Murphy received every
Army medal/award for valor in battle, including the Medal of Honor.
Training and Doctrine Command Regulation 600-14 defines the SAMC as an
elite organization of noncommissioned officers whose demonstrated
performance and inherent leadership qualities and abilities are
characterized by those of Sgt. Audie Murphy.
The SAMC is a means of recognizing those NCOs who have contributed
significantly to the development of a professional NCO Corps and
combat-ready Army. Members exemplify leadership characterized by
personal concern for the needs, training, development and welfare of
Soldiers and concern for Families of Soldiers.
Fort McCoy Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. William T.
Bissonette Jr., said the program officially was reactivated July 1 after
a coordinated effort including many officials in the U.S. Army Reserve
Command (USARC) and the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve.
“USARC had a program when it was under the command and control of U.S.
Army Forces Command (FORSCOM),” Bissonette said. “When USARC began
reporting to Headquarters Department of the Army, the program ceased to
exist for our Army Reserve Soldier.”
During that time, the Army National Guard SAMC continued because the
program reported directly to the Department of the Army (DA) to procure
funding, awards, authorization, etc. Bissonette said after USARC
officials made their case, it was decided the Army Reserve SAMC could do
SAMC aspirants must be recommended by their senior NCOs and meet all of
the SAMC requirements. Army Reserve candidates for the designation must
go before a selection board, which can either be through their
organization or to the board at the nearest location.
“It’s a very prestigious award, and it is an honor to belong to the
club. The medallion can be worn with dress uniforms in some cases,”
More information about the Army Reserve SAMC policies and procedures
will be available soon. Soldiers who want more information about the
SAMC chapter or nomination process at Fort McCoy can call Bissonette at